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text 2018-08-11 16:32
Beartown ★★☆☆☆
Beartown: A Novel - Fredrik Backman

I have a strong suspicion that this book is going to take a very dark turn at some point and probably get to be much more interesting, but I’ve been struggling to make myself keep on with it for several days now and have decided to give up. I keep yelling at the book: “Just get on with it!” I don’t care about hockey, and the characters and their motivations and this story of a dying town and the residents’ hopes and anger and despair have just not been very compelling so far.

 

DNF at 37% after almost 5 hours of listening time. Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. Marin Ireland’s performance is not the problem.

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review 2018-08-06 03:14
Brief Cases (Dresden Files) - Jim Butcher

I think my issues with this might be similar to the issues I had with a certain romance author doing the same thing - rerelease them as a collection if you want, but don't do that in place of an actual book. (and don't expect me to pay $28 for the damned thing).

 

Thank God for libraries.

 

Most of them, I had read. It was nice to do a refresher. I think there are more that weren't in here though. I recall a wedding being crashed or something in one. I don't recall much more than that but it was the first time I'd heard of Harry Dresden and prompted me to start hunting down the books. It wasn't in here.

 

Of interest was the trip to the zoo with Maggie and Mouse. Seems one of Mouse's brothers wasn't rescued...and apparently ran off and went rogue.

 

There is one thing...one tiny detail...that I keep getting hung up on. The White Court, as I recall, if they found The One by a certain age, were apparently...humanized or something. So if Son Of Bigfoot fell for one...and we aren't told how old she was, but she was in college...would she be too old yet or what? Along that line, if they fell in love after a certain age, they couldn't touch. Thomas was unable to touch Justine... And yet the indicators are that he could - at least, in the short that took place sometime after Ghost Story.

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review 2018-08-05 05:56
Masc (Femme #2)
Masc - Marshall Thornton

This was a cute read! Lionel gets it in his head that he and Dog need to have more in common or their relationship is doomed, so they join a bowling league. That's not as boring as it sounds though, because Lionel ends up being stupid good at bowling.

 

Lionel annoyed me at times here - he's very impulsive, as we all know, but he goes a little overboard at one point - but he makes up for it in the end. Dog also goes through a bit of a horror situation at work that wasn't fun to read about. Warnings:

He's sexually harassed and has trouble coming to terms with it and then figuring out how to resolve it.

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But overall, the characters were as delightful as the first book, though I do wish I'd waited for the narration, assuming Joel Leslie comes back for it. He was a huge part of what made the first book such a fun experience.

 

Also, families that overshare are a little creepy. Just a smidgeon. :D And who celebrates Flag Day? That's being way too patriotic. 

 

I want to see Carlos get his own story. He deserves one. He's such a delight. Tim and Fetch were a hoot too, and Dog's father is ... he's trying? LOL. 

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review 2018-07-26 02:05
A Tale of Two Cities - DNF @ 40%.
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

"You have been the last dream of my soul."

 

And this has been the end of my tether. I've run out of can for this book. Third time was not a charm.

 

When Dickens actually bothers to write characters living a story, the writing is tolerable. But then he goes into these long allegorical chapters that are pompous and overblown and I lose all track of what's going on or why I should care about any of this.

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review 2018-07-21 19:50
I Almost Forgot About You ★★★☆☆
I Almost Forgot About You - Terry McMillan

I appreciate a romance that is acerbically funny rather than cloying and this one gets bonus points for a main character and her romantic interests who are middle aged and dealing with all the life issues that go with it. The characters, their relationships, and the events felt real and not too improbable and the dialogue was snappy. I enjoyed it so much that it mostly overcame the usual fatal flaw of having been written in first person, present tense. Normally, I’ll DNF those immediately, but I was actually able to forget the style and fall into the story for the most part.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Audiobooks read by the author tend to be pretty hit/miss, but MacMillan did a terrific reading, especially with the dialogue.

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